Introducing – Free First Thursday Tram Tours

November 23rd, 2015 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor
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Photo by Cit-E-Car electric vehicles

We are excited to announce the arrival of a new 13-passenger tram at the Washington Park Arboretum. This tram will allow visitors with limited mobility to explore more of the Arboretum, and will offer all riders the chance to travel from the Graham Visitors Center to the Pacific Connections Garden (and other south-end collections) in less time and with more comfort! With the arrival of the tram, we are piloting free tours on the first Thursday of each month, starting in December 2015 and running through March 2016. The tram is open-air and does not have a heater, so riders will want to bundle up!

**UPDATE 2/4/16: We will be continuing the First Thursday Tram Tours throughout 2016, and likely beyond. Check our events calendar for upcoming dates and to register.

What: Free First Thursday Tram Tours

When: 11:00am – 12:00pm on the first Thursday of each month

Where: Meet at the Graham Visitors Center, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112

Why: Sit back and enjoy the ride! Learn about our seasonal highlights, new plantings, Arboretum history and educational programs.

How: Register through our public class registration page. Space is limited to 13 participants per tour.
Your registration helps us plan for the space. Please only register if you will be here. Registration will be open until 8:30am the morning of the tour.

In addition to our previously offered walking tours, groups may now choose to schedule a private tour on the tram. All tours are led by knowledgeable tour guides, and pricing is based on the size of the group. Learn more about booking a private tour for your group.

Beekeeping for Beginners

November 9th, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

So you think you want to be a beekeeper? This workshop will give you a snapshot of what it is all about from your backyard hive to the wide world of apiculture. We’ll look at a brief history of bees and beekeeping, then consider what you might expect, how much you might spend, best hints on getting started, and answers to the most-asked questions about bees. Also covered will be details on some of the major beekeeping challenges and ways you can meet them as well as the mindset of successful beekeepers today. Whether you are already keeping bees, aspiring, or just curious, this session will give you insight and a straighter path to success and enjoyment.

beekeeper_PDWHAT: Introduction to Beekeeping 2 hour class
WHEN: Monday, November 23rd, 7-9pm
WHERE: UW Botanic Gardens – Washington Park Arboretum, Wisteria Hall (2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle)
COST: $20
SIGN UP: Register Online, or call 206-685-8033

The instructor, Dr Evan Sugden, has been a beekeeper most of his adult life. His experiences span all aspects of the trade, including commercial, hobby, research, teaching and solitary bee management. Evan was intimately involved in honey bee research during the calamitous late 1980’s and early ’90’s and had a first hand perspective of how beekeeping has changed since before that time. This has influenced his continued involvement and has inspired him to constantly strive to be a better beekeeper and to teach good practices to others as a new generation of beekeepers evolves.

 More information…

Journey Plant Medicine

October 22nd, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant
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Prepare a poultice with little equipment

 

Learn how to use common native and wild plants for first aid along the way during your outdoor travels, using poultices, infusions, compresses, syrups and more made simply from raw plants. We will learn plant identification and preparation techniques, and practice these techniques in sample scenarios. Each person takes home a set of laminated Journey Plant Medicine Cards.

 

Instructor Heidi Bohan is an ethnobotanist known regionally for her knowledge of native traditional plants and their uses. She has worked extensively with local tribes, organizations and schools throughout the Pacific Northwest for over twenty years. She serves as adjunct faculty at Bastyr University and advisor for Northwest Indian College Traditional Plants Program. She is author of The People of Cascadia – Pacific Northwest Native American History, Starflower Native Plant ID Cards, Journey Plant Medicine Cards, and numerous other publications.

Take home these handy laminated cards, perfect for camping, hiking, or kayaking

 

 

 

WHAT: Journey Plant Medicines
WHEN: Saturday, November 7, 10am – 4:30pm
WHERE: UW Botanic Gardens – Washington Park Arboretum, Wisteria Hall (2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112)
COST: $75
HOW: Register Online, or call 206-685-8033

2015 Fall Class Schedule – Birds, Botanical Art, and More!

September 5th, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

fall2015CatalogCoverOur new Fall catalog is out, and we have a lot to offer in the next few months! We’ve got some old favorites, like the Cemetery Lichen Tour, Plant Pressing WorkshopBotanical Sketching, and Beekeeping, new classes by favorite teachers (more birding classes with Connie Sidles, and photography classes with David Perry) and a new, exciting offering, Journey Plant Medicines taught by Heidi Bohan, local ethnobotanist and author.
We continue to offer free classes and tours well as sustainable home gardening, and of course plenty of ProHort classes for our professionals and advanced gardeners.

Here are some of the highlights this fall:

Journey Plant Medicines

Saturday, November 7, 10am – 4:30pm

Learn how to use common native and wild plants for first aid along the way during your outdoor travels, using poultices, infusions, compresses, syrups and more made simply from raw plants. We will learn plant identification and preparation techniques, and practice these techniques in sample scenarios. Each person takes home a set of laminated Journey Plant Medicine Cards.

David Perry will show students how to achieve this look with just their phone and a simple app.

David Perry will show students how to achieve this look with just their phone and a simple app.

Botanical Photography Classes

Picture Perfect Plant Portraits

Lecture – Plant portraits celebrate the unique beauty and characteristics of a plant. Learn to take better close-ups and capture a dreamy mood while showing the plants within a larger garden setting.

Japanese Maple Photography Workshop

Lecture and workshop – Learn to photograph the essence, spirit and beauty of trees using different portrait styles in the Arboretum’s stunning collection of Japanese Maples.

iPhone and iPad Botanical Photography

3 part series – Learn to use the camera you already have on your smartphone or tablet and the best photography apps to make pictures that can populate your website, portfolio, Instagram and Facebook pages

Free Classes and Tours

Sustainable Home Gardening Practices

Learn to keep your yard looking spiffy the right way.

Don’t forget our professional series (ProHort) for landscape professionals and advanced home gardeners. Professional Credits available.  Topics this fall include:

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Come visit this fall!

Yoga in the Arboretum!

August 4th, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

Yoga_Sarah_Belisle01Saturdays in August mean Yoga in the Arboretum! Take a class (or 4) with instructor Sarah Belisle and enjoy an outdoor yoga class under the trees of the Arboretum. Classes are $20 each, or $60 for all 4 Saturdays in August (8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th). Class starts at 9:30am, and finishes at 11am, and meets at the Graham Visitors Center.

You can find out more or register online. We hope to see you Saturday.

Feel free to contact us with any questions – 206-685-8033 or urbhort@uw.edu

 

 

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Pest and Disease Control for your Fruits and Veggies!

July 24th, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant
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Knowing your soil is one of the first steps to a healthy garden

Growing your own fruits, veggies and herbs can be a satisfying treat! But seeing your prize tomato or carrot with a rotten spot or a bite taken out of it can be a heartbreaker. How can you prevent pests and diseases in your edible garden, and do so in a safe, responsible manner? Join us and learn about Natural Pest and Disease Control for Edibles in this 3 hour class taught by Emily Bishton of Green Light Gardening.

We’ll talk about choosing the right site, soil fertility, variety and crop selection, and even how to attract beneficials to your garden. And if things get too bad and you need to bring out the heavy artillery, we’ll also discuss non-toxic and least toxic products you can use with peace of mind.

WHAT: Natural Pest and Disease Control for Edibles class
WHEN Saturday, August 1, 2015, 9am – 12pm
WHERE UW Botanic Gardens – Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

WHO: Home Gardeners, Community Gardeners, Patio Gardeners!
COST: $30
Register Online, or call 206-685-8033

You might need some help protecting your veggies

You might need some help protecting your edible crops…

Summer Blooms and More

July 16th, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant
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Lagerstroemia ‘Muskogee’ – the Muskogee crapemyrtle

Summer can be a surprisingly quiet time in the garden, especially after the explosion that is spring in the Northwest.  In this 4 hour course, learn plants that bring out their best in the summer, and can survive our dry season looking fabulous. We will look at some of the lesser-known and underutilized summer interest plants in person, including bottlebrush, pineapple broom, sweetspire, chaste tree, and clethra.

In addition to identification, we will also look at bloom characteristics, foliage types, landscape functions, care and pruning tips for long-term healthy plants. We’ll also cover drought stress, given our lack of rain this year.

Professional credits include ISA, CPH, ecoPRO, ASCA and PLANET, but you don’t have to be a professional to register. Plant nerds and homeowners are welcome!

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It’s not all about flowers! Sorbus himalaica has beautiful pale berries in the summer.

Learn about this hardy group of plants with instructor Chris Pfeiffer, a horticulture consultant, instructor and garden writer with over 30 years’ experience in landscape management and arboriculture. Sustainable and efficient landscape techniques are a special area of interest and expertise. In addition to her private practice, she is a consulting associate with Urban Forestry Services, Inc. and an active volunteer with local community garden projects. She previously led landscape management efforts for the Holden Arboretum and Washington Park Arboretum. A frequent horticultural speaker, Christina has taught courses in pruning, arboriculture, and landscape management at Edmonds and South Seattle Community Colleges, and at the University of Washington. She holds degrees in horticulture from Michigan State and the University of Washington and is an ISA Certified Arborist. She is co-author with Mary Robson of Month-by-Month Gardening in Washington & Oregon (Cool Springs Press 2006).

Class information:

What: Arboretum Plant Study: Seasonal Plant ID and Culture – Summer Session

When: Thursday, July 23rd, 8am-12pm

Who: Landscape professionals, homeowners, gardeners, plant enthusiasts

Where: UW Botanic Gardens – Washington Park Arboretum (2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle)

Cost: $65; increases to $75 one week before the class

Register: Online, or by phone (206-685-8033)

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Quercus robur ‘Concordia’ – that golden green color is amazing!

Water-Wise Gardening

July 1st, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

It’s hot out! With temperatures in the 80s and 90s, we sure are feeling the heat. You can bet your plants in the blazing hot sun feel it too! Since we get so little rain in the summer months, its important, (and cost-effective) to prepare for the drought.

What can you do to help your plants thrive, save water, and still have a stunning garden in July? It turns out you can do quite a bit, from choosing the right plant, to increasing the amount of water your soil can hold, to deciding if a particular irrigation system is right for you.

If you are worried about your plants fainting from the heat, or just want a low maintenance, drought-tolerant garden, check out this class. Your plants will thank you!

More class information…

Dry Garden

Drought-tolerant garden from a local water-wise gardener

What: Water-Wise Gardening

When: Wednesday, July 15th, 6:30-8pm

Where: UW Botanic Gardens – Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom (Did we mention this classroom is air conditioned?)

Cost: $15; $20 after July 8th

How to register: Online, or by phone (206-685-8033)

2015 Summer Classes

June 4th, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant
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Our new summer catalog!

Our new summer catalog is out, and we have a lot to offer in the next few months! Introducing Yoga in the Arboretum, Botanical Sketching in Ink and Watercolor, new Monday Night Lite free classes, a series on sustainable home gardening, and of course plenty of ProHort classes for our professionals and advanced gardeners.

Here is a taste of what’s coming this summer:

Yoga in the Arboretum

6 class series (the first 2 dates are free!)

Saturdays, July 11 and 18, August 8-29th from 9:30-11am
Join yoga teacher Aliette Frank in the Arboretum for some fun exploration of yoga in outdoor environments. Using elements of breath (pranayama), posture (asana), and focused gaze (drishti), we tune into nature and ground into our environment. Class is great for beginners through advanced practitioners.

 

 

Hydrangeas done by instructor Lisa Snow Lady

Hydrangeas done by instructor Lisa Snow Lady

 

 

Botanical Sketching in Ink and Watercolor

4 Monday Mornings, 10am-12pm, August 10-24
Capture the essence of flowers and foliage in this 4-part class with simple, quick techniques and portable materials! While using the beautiful perennial beds and borders at the Center for Urban Horticulture as a backdrop, you will be guided in an intuitive approach to sketching with pen, layering watercolor washes, and gathering tips that can be applied to everyday sketching.

 

 

Monday Night Lites
These free monthly talks coincide with Monday late-open hours at the Miller Library and the Hyde Herbarium, as well as the clinic offered by King County Master Gardeners. Classes are always from 6:30-7:30pm and feature a variety of topics accessible to all audiences.

  • Planting for Pollinators ( July 6)
  • UW Farm Tour and Talk (August 3)
  • Culinary Herbs (September 14)

Sustainable Home Gardening Practices

Learn to keep your yard looking spiffy the right way.

Don’t forget our professional series (ProHort) for landscape professionals and advanced home gardeners. Professional Credits available.  Topics this summer include:

Experience the UW Farm with our Talk  and Tour in August!

Experience the UW Farm with our Talk and Tour in August!

Stamp Out Invasives!

May 15th, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant
Learn to manage this bad guy!

Learn to manage this bad guy

Get ready to take back your yard from out-of-control plants with our 2 part series on invasive plant ID and control!

Learn the basics in our free class on Monday night (June 1st), and dig in to the nitty gritty of identification, management, prevention and restoration in our 3 hour course the following Saturday (June 6th). You don’t need to attend the first one to attend the second.

What: Introduction to Invasive Plants of the PNW and Invasive Plant Management for the Home Gardener
Who: Daniel Sorensen, Student Assistant, IPM and Sustainablity Coordinator for UW Grounds Management

When: Monday, June 1st, 6:30-7:30pm and Saturday, June 6th, 9am-12pm

Where: UW Botanic Gardens – Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom (3501 NE 41st St, Seattle)

How Much: Monday night’s class is FREE and Saturday’s class is $30

Register: Online, or by phone (206-685-8033)

 

 

Just Say No!

Just Say No!